Mary Cardon Clouse

20 Oct 1905 - 19 Feb 2003

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Mary Cardon Clouse

20 Oct 1905 - 19 Feb 2003
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My grandmother, Mary Cardon Clouse, was and is truly an inspiration to me. Being among the youngest of my generation, all of my memories of her are from when she was in her eighties and nineties. She suffered from dimensia throughout all of these years, but I don't think I have ever known a sweeter
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Mary Cardon Clouse

Married: 22 Sep 1926

City of Mesa Cemetery

North Center Street
Mesa, Maricopa, Arizona
United States


June 20, 2012


June 20, 2012

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The Sweetest of them All

Contributor: lightech Created: 1 year ago Updated: 1 year ago

My grandmother, Mary Cardon Clouse, was and is truly an inspiration to me. Being among the youngest of my generation, all of my memories of her are from when she was in her eighties and nineties. She suffered from dimensia throughout all of these years, but I don't think I have ever known a sweeter person. Along with my parents, I would go over and visit nearly every Sunday night. Grandma would sit in her handmade rocking chair with the purple pillow, and usually had a book on her lap. One of her favorites was called "The Restored Church." She was always reading to better herself. She even played the piano into her nineties. Her favorite song to play, and probably our favorite song to listen to, was "Lincoln's Funeral March." Another favorite was "Star Bright" which I still sing with my sister occasionally. My mother said that my grandmother was a person "without guile." Although I knew what the word meant, I don't think I could truly appreciate what a compliment that was until I grew up and realized that to be without guile is not an attribute that simply comes to a person. As I have grown older, I have thought about that and how special and sweet it was to have a grandmother who always wanted to see not only me but everyone, who thought the best of others, and who always had the kindest of intentions. I can still hear her voice saying, "Come sit over here, dearie", and holding my hand while she just sat and smiled at me and asked how I was doing. Although for most (if not all) of my life that I can recall she did not remember my name every time I saw her, I know that she knew me. She remembered my face and was always so genuinely delighted to see me and all of her grandchildren. One of my favorite memories with my Grandma Clouse occurred when I was in high school. She was 92 years old, I believe, and had just endured a very painful surgery. But of course, she laid in her hospital bed smiling brightly, as sweet as ever. I went with my parents to visit her in the hospital. Only a few times, this probably being among the first, had I seen her with her hair down; she usually wore it up in a soft, wispy bun of some sort. Seeing my sweet grandmother lying in that bed just filled me with emotion; I just loved her so much. I saw a comb on the bedside table and laid down next to her and combed her hair and just cried...she was so special to me. My mom sat by the bed and just cried...we all loved her so much. A few years later my mother passed away. I distinctly remember walking into her funeral service and seeing my Grandma and Grandpa Clouse, both in their nineties, struggling to stay standing as we walked by. That was such a humbling experience for me and was truly the first moment that it "hit me" that my mother had left this earth. My grandma truly set a tremendous example for me just by being there. She didn't say much, but was ALWAYS smiling, was always content, and obviously had a very deep love and conviction the reality of her Heavenly Father and His Son, Jesus Christ, with whom I'm sure she now lives.

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Mary Cardon Clouse was born on 20 Oct 1905
Mary Cardon Clouse was 6 years old when The British passenger liner RMS Titanic sinks in the North Atlantic at 2:20 a.m., two hours and forty minutes after hitting an iceberg. Only 710 of 2,227 passengers and crew on board survive. RMS Titanic was a British passenger liner that sank in the North Atlantic Ocean in the early hours of 15 April 1912, after colliding with an iceberg during its maiden voyage from Southampton to New York City. There were an estimated 2,224 passengers and crew aboard, and more than 1,500 died, making it one of the deadliest commercial peacetime maritime disasters in modern history. RMS Titanic was the largest ship afloat at the time it entered service and was the second of three Olympic-class ocean liners operated by the White Star Line. It was built by the Harland and Wolff shipyard in Belfast. Thomas Andrews, her architect, died in the disaster.
Mary Cardon Clouse was 23 years old when Walt Disney character Mickey Mouse premieres in his first cartoon, "Plane Crazy". Walter Elias Disney was an American entrepreneur, animator, voice actor and film producer. A pioneer of the American animation industry, he introduced several developments in the production of cartoons. As a film producer, Disney holds the record for most Academy Awards earned by an individual, having won 22 Oscars from 59 nominations. He was presented with two Golden Globe Special Achievement Awards and an Emmy Award, among other honors. Several of his films are included in the National Film Registry by the Library of Congress.
Mary Cardon Clouse was 25 years old when Great Depression: In a State of the Union message, U.S. President Herbert Hoover proposes a $150 million (equivalent to $2,197,000,000 in 2017) public works program to help generate jobs and stimulate the economy. The Great Depression was a severe worldwide economic depression that took place mostly during the 1930s, beginning in the United States. The timing of the Great Depression varied across nations; in most countries it started in 1929 and lasted until the late-1930s. It was the longest, deepest, and most widespread depression of the 20th century. In the 21st century, the Great Depression is commonly used as an example of how far the world's economy can decline.
Mary Cardon Clouse was 36 years old when World War II: Nazi Germany invades the Soviet Union in Operation Barbarossa. Nazi Germany is the common English name for Germany between 1933 and 1945, when Adolf Hitler and his Nazi Party (NSDAP) controlled the country through a dictatorship. Under Hitler's rule, Germany was transformed into a totalitarian state that controlled nearly all aspects of life via the Gleichschaltung legal process. The official name of the state was Deutsches Reich until 1943 and Großdeutsches Reich from 1943 to 1945. Nazi Germany is also known as the Third Reich, from German Drittes Reich, meaning "Third Realm" or "Third Empire", the first two being the Holy Roman Empire and the German Empire. The Nazi regime ended after the Allied Powers defeated Germany in May 1945, ending World War II in Europe.
Mary Cardon Clouse was 47 years old when Jonas Salk announced the successful test of his polio vaccine on a small group of adults and children (vaccination pictured). Jonas Edward Salk was an American medical researcher and virologist. He discovered and developed one of the first successful polio vaccines. Born in New York City, he attended New York University School of Medicine, later choosing to do medical research instead of becoming a practicing physician. In 1939, after earning his medical degree, Salk began an internship as a physician scientist at Mount Sinai Hospital. Two years later he was granted a fellowship at the University of Michigan, where he would study flu viruses with his mentor Thomas Francis, Jr.
Mary Cardon Clouse was 59 years old when Martin Luther King Jr. received the Nobel Peace Prize for combating racial inequality through nonviolence. Martin Luther King Jr. was an American Baptist minister and activist who became the most visible spokesperson and leader in the civil rights movement from 1954 until his death in 1968. Born in Atlanta, King is best known for advancing civil rights through nonviolence and civil disobedience, tactics his Christian beliefs and the nonviolent activism of Mahatma Gandhi helped inspire.
Mary Cardon Clouse was 67 years old when Munich massacre: Nine Israeli athletes die (along with a German policeman) at the hands of the Palestinian "Black September" terrorist group after being taken hostage at the Munich Olympic Games. Two other Israeli athletes were slain in the initial attack the previous day. The Munich massacre was an attack during the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich, West Germany, in which the Palestinian terrorist group Black September took eleven Israeli Olympic team members hostage and killed them along with a West German police officer.
Mary Cardon Clouse was 80 years old when Space Shuttle program: STS-51-L mission: Space Shuttle Challenger disintegrates after liftoff, killing all seven astronauts on board. The Space Shuttle program was the fourth human spaceflight program carried out by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), which accomplished routine transportation for Earth-to-orbit crew and cargo from 1981 to 2011. Its official name, Space Transportation System (STS), was taken from a 1969 plan for a system of reusable spacecraft of which it was the only item funded for development.
Mary Cardon Clouse was 94 years old when Columbine High School massacre: Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold killed 13 people and injured 24 others before committing suicide at Columbine High School in Columbine, Colorado. The Columbine High School massacre was a school shooting that occurred on April 20, 1999, at Columbine High School in Columbine, an unincorporated area of Jefferson County, Colorado, United States, in the Denver metropolitan area. In addition to the shootings, the complex and highly planned attack involved a fire bomb to divert firefighters, propane tanks converted to bombs placed in the cafeteria, 99 explosive devices, and car bombs. The perpetrators, senior students Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold, murdered 12 students and one teacher. They injured 21 additional people, and three more were injured while attempting to escape the school. The pair subsequently committed suicide.
Mary Cardon Clouse died on 19 Feb 2003 at the age of 97
Grave record for Mary Cardon Clouse (20 Oct 1905 - 19 Feb 2003), BillionGraves Record 1508135 Mesa, Maricopa, Arizona, United States